As Trump Concedes, Europe Prepares Crackdown On Illegal Immigrants
20 June, 2018
Just as Trump is set to concede in his crackdown on immigrant parents separated from children at the border by signing a "pre-emptive" executive order at any moment keeping illegal immigrant families together, Europe is about to crackdown on the migrant wave unleashed by Angela Merkel (and her various unknown progressive advisors, which some have speculated includes George Soros' Open Society) in 2015 with Germany's "Open Door" policy, and on Sunday countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria and other EU states will meet to try to end a deadlock on migration policy which has brought to a head bitter political divisions in the bloc, and has resulted in Brexit in the UK, a wave of nationalist governments in Central and Eastern Europe, and the first openly populist government in Italy in decades.
As a result, Sunday’s meeting will seek to avert a possible clash on the issue at a June 28-29 EU summit, where leaders will try to agree a joint migration policy.
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Ironically, Europe's crackdown against illegal immigrants comes at a time of international outcry over the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border.
The reason why is clear: just like in the US, immigration is increasingly shaping politics in most European countries, even the rich one. The fact that asylum applications to OECD countries fell 25% in 2017 from a record 1.64 million a year earlier and applications to EU member states nearly halved, has not helped, especially since the bulk of Europe's refugees recipients are also its poorest states.
Ironically, it is in ground zero of Europe's progressive, liberal elite, as well as EU’s wealthiest economy, that migration is threatening to wreck German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s relationship with her CDU’s Bavarian sister party, part of her coalition.
The virtue signalling literally reached the very top earlier today, when Pope Francis told Reuters in an interview that populists were “creating psychosis” on the issue of immigration, while aging societies like Europe faced “a great demographic winter” and needed more immigrants. Without immigration, Europe “will become empty”, he said, ignoring the fact that the bulk of terrorist attacks and rising crimes have been attributed largely to said migrants.
The European Union is also bitterly divided. It has struggled to reform its internal asylum rules, which broke down in 2015, and has instead tried to tighten its borders and prevent new arrivals. To that end, it has given aid and money to countries including Turkey, Jordan, Libya and Niger.
Meanwhile, Europe's hypocrisy has been on full display as eastern EU states led by Poland and Hungary were forced, but now refuse to host new arrivals to ease the burden on coastal Italy and Greece while sparing the rich countries like Germany, where most migrants want to go.
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The EU summit’s draft joint statement, seen by Reuters, called for more work to combat secondary movements. It also proposed looking into creating “regional disembarkation platforms” outside of the EU where asylum requests would be assessed before claimants get to Europe.